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Healthy Pregnancy Study

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Research to improve the overall health and wellbeing of mothers and babies in Western Australia.

You heard about this study and want to be involved. What is next?

Are you in the first 15 weeks of your pregnancy?
If so, we invite you to join the Study of Early Pregnancy in Today's Environment.

To get involved please E-MAIL NOW so I can send you your personal study link:

Why are we doing this study?

Pregnancy is such an important time and it’s a vulnerable time for the fetus. Both environmental (“outside”) and psychological (“personal”) events are important during pregnancy. We would like to better understand how these events work together to affect the overall health of mothers and babies in Western Australia.

Over the next three years we would like to survey more than 6000 pregnant women. The more participants we have in this study, and from all walks of life, the more we can learn. Our ultimate goal is to offer insight and knowledge that can improve the health and development of our children.  

Who can participate?

You are eligible to participate if you:

  • Are over 18 years old
  • Are in the first 15 weeks of your pregnancy
  • Live in the greater Perth metropolitan area, Rockingham, Bunbury or Busselton

What do you have to do to participate in this study?

Complete two questionnaires (one to complete during the first 15 weeks of your pregnancy and one during the third trimester). The first questionnaire takes about 30 minutes and the second questionnaire about 5-10 minutes. Both questionnaires can be completed online or in hard copy.

The information collected in these questionnaires is later linked to health data collected by the Department of Health. This includes information such as your baby’s birth registration, birth weight, gestational age and other health related data.

This process involves connecting pieces of health information. Connected population data will be used in this study to explore any relationships between environmental (“outside”) and psychological (“personal”) events and birth outcomes in our community. This is done in a way that doesn’t breach an individual’s privacy as data are never reported with individual (“personal”) details. For this, we do not contact you again in person.

How will your privacy be protected?

Any information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

No personal information will ever be included in any published reports of the study. You are also free to withdraw from the study at any time and you do not have to explain why. This will not affect your care in any way.

Ethics approval for this research has been provided by The University of Western Australia Research Ethics Committee (RA/4/1/5280)

Contact us

To get involved in the study or to get more information, contact the research coordinator Dr Kimberley McAuley on or call 6488 2987. Check the website for regular up-dates about the study and research outcomes. Or you can visit us on facebook to keep in touch.


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